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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.

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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

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Emergence of Jackie Bradley Jr. (2:07)
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Giants finding a way to win every close game

The offense hasn't been there, but the Giants are getting both great starting pitching and great defense. Stats & Info looks at their 14-game run.

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Quietly, Steven Matz looking like Mets' ace

Less thunder than Thor. Less drama than the Dark Knight. Less hair than deGrom. Fewer home run heroics than Bartolo. Still, Steven Matz has more wins than anyone on the vaunted Mets staff.

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Darvish's return is extra boost for Rangers' rotation (1:49)
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The Big Three: Machado in same class as Trout, Harper

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. That's usually where the discussion goes in a debate of MLB's best players. But there's a new superstar in their midst, and his name is Manny Machado.

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Micah Phillips jumps for dad's fly ball out (0:20)
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Outside Baseball: Remembering Bochy's large helmet (1:53)

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Struggling reliever Chasen Shreve is going on the DL with a shoulder issue. He is being checked by doctors to figure out the severity.

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#TBT: 23 years ago today, the original oppo boppo.

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Axe Hair has announced it has signed long-haired Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard & Jacob DeGrom to endorsement deals.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Does Matt Harvey have shoulder weakness or fatigue? Why do I ask? Innings 1-3 his ERA is 3.03; innings 4-6 his ERA is 9.89. Pitches 1-25 opponents hit .212 against him and pitches 51-75 they bat .424 against him. In addition, velocity of all pitches decline accordingly. Pitch selection 2nd and 3rd time around the lineup could be a factor but not enough to explain the vast differential. These facts should not be ignored by the Mets in diagnosing his struggles.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

As expected, Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup with neck spasms. Teixeira did not start Wednesday night and has received a cortisone shot to try to deal with the issue. Backup catcher Austin Romine is playing first with lefty J.A. Happ on the mound for the Blue Jays.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup on Thursday afternoon. A-Rod has been on the DL since May 4th with a strained hamstring. The Yankees have gone 14-7 without Rodriguez. They were 8-16 with him to begin the season. A-Rod is batting fifth in the order against lefty J.A. Happ.

Bradley's streak hasn't come cheap

Jackie Bradley Jr. is currently tied with Johnny Damon for the fourth-longest hitting streak in Red Sox franchise history, but his .415 average during this stretch is second only to Tris Speaker's .424, per Elias Sports Bureau.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

It's funny. Every time I mention Jake Arrieta's unbeaten streak, Mets fans remind me they beat him in Oct. Which is true. Irony alert: Jeurys Familia just broke the Mets record for most consecutive saves (32). Not counting the 3 he blew in the World Series, of course. These "active" streaks are getting confusing!